Legion’s Lingering Questions: What X-Men Tie-Ins Could Season 2 Have in Store?

After the season 1 finale, here are a few head-scratchers the FX hit could address in new episodes.

by | March 30, 2017 | Comments

X-Men Legacy (; Legion (Michelle Faye/FX)

FX’s Legion, which wrapped on Wednesday night, turned out to be one of the most provocative, puzzling, and compelling comic book adaptations to ever grace television. After watching the first season finale, it’s clear there is plenty more to ponder before the series returns for season 2.

Below, find several head-scratchers to puzzle over during the long wait for more episodes, along with a few theories about where the story, from Fargo mastermind Noah Hawley, can go next year.


Who Are David’s Birth Parents?

Katie Aselton, Dan Stevens in Legion (Chris Large/FX)

As surprising as it seems, the first season made only oblique references to David’s (Dan Stevens) still-secret parentage. In “Chapter 7,” his sister, Amy (Katie Aselton), revealed that she remembered seeing “the man” on the night her family took in David — but that was the last we saw of her. In his lecture-room fantasy, David drew a bald cartoon to represent his father. Comic book readers can definitely spot the Charles Xavier effigy in the chalk drawing, but it remains to be seen if the character will be directly referenced.

Showrunner Hawley told TVLine that uttering the name of Professor X would require “a corporate conversation,” adding that he needed to think about having that talk very soon. But considering the show’s success with re-imagining characters like Rogue and Jaime Madrox — as Syd (Rachel Keller) and Cary/Kerry, respectively — there is always the possibility that the show’s portrayal of David’s birth family will also put a spin on his comic book origins.

That would seemingly make Oliver (Jemaine Clement) and Melanie (Jean Smart) likely candidates, except Farouk (a.k.a. the Shadow King a.k.a. Aubrey Plaza) never recognized them as such and was happy to use Oliver at the first opportunity.

What Is the Shadow King Looking For?

Now that Amahl Farouk — the only other direct X-Men character besides David — is free, what is he after? In “Chapter 7,” he began to wonder where “it” is. And in the concluding moments of “Chapter 8,” Oliver asked him where to begin the search. Is this a simple revenge plot, as David’s deliberation in “Chapter 7” suggests? Or will Farouk’s thirst for power lead him elsewhere?

As the character of the Shadow King developed in the comics, he was revealed as an ancient entity of the astral plane that, over the centuries, would possess telepaths. He merged with Farouk in the early twentieth century and met Xavier sometime afterward. Xavier defeated him, but the encounter left the good-hearted telepath with the inspiration to start his school for young mutants. Farouk would eventually possess some of Xavier’s psychically inclined pupils before discovering David Haller. Even after David was able to escape his grasp, the Shadow King returned time and again to threaten Xavier or anyone he could find with telepathic abilities.

Of course, if the Shadow King of Legion is much older than the show is letting on, maybe Farouk’s aims are as simple as the ones Lenny has already voiced: survival and godhood. And yes, in the world of X-Men, apotheosis is a simple desire. It is just very hard to achieve.

What’s the Status of Mutantkind?

Hamish Linklater in Legion (Michelle Faye/FX)

Though the group’s conversation with Division 3 interrogator Clark (Hamish Linklater) suggested mutants are in hiding, Amy’s quick acceptance of David as a mutant in “Chapter 7” suggests the public is aware of homo superior. Considering how contained the story Legion has been so far, it is hard to say if this question will ever come into focus. But for Division 3, the war between humans and mutants is an inevitable outcome.

In the pages of X-Men, this tension has fueled decades of stories with groups like the Friends of Humanity and individuals like Bolivar Trask, Colonel Stryker, and Senator Kelly pledging their lives to stopping the spread of mutants. Division 3 itself seems to be an amalgam of some of these paramilitary groups and government entities engaged in a self-styled defense of mankind.

David’s repeated attempts to gain Clark’s trust in the finale suggested he has an interest in avoiding this conflict, speaking to Xavier’s dream of understanding and cooperation — even as D3 reacted with suspicion. Clark even expressed contempt until admitting to David that working together may be vital in the future. But that could easily have been a ruse so D3 could begin another offensive.

Will David Receive a New Diagnosis?

Legion: Dan Stevens as David Haller, Jeremie Harris as Ptonomy Wallace. (Michelle Faye/FX)

Now that David is free of Farouk — though imprisoned in a floating orb — will he be diagnosed with another persistent mental disorder? In the comics, David has been autistic, schizophrenic, and often presents symptoms of Dissociative Personality Disorder.

That last condition is, like David’s schizophrenia, a byproduct of one of his powers. He can literally trap the souls of those who die around him. It is why he is known as Legion in the comic books and seemingly the origin of the repeated shot in the series of people yelling at him. Perhaps some of these personas will emerge — maybe even the real Lenny.

In X-Men, the personas eventually grow strong enough to control specific aspects of David’s enormous power, leading to battles like the one in with the Shadow King inside David’s mind. For now, it stands to reason that Farouk will continue to be David’s principle antagonist, but perhaps another personality will emerge to show him new ways of using and controlling his abilities.

Who’s Operating the Orb?

The cast of Legion (Michelle Faye/FX)

If Legion borrows one other thing from X-Men, it is the state of eternal crisis. And like so many Marvel projects, the show left us with a strong post-credits stinger scene. That image of David being teleported into an orb and screaming will leave us guessing for the next year. It could be one of Division 3’s gadgets, and it is very easy to see the second season starting with D3 drugging David up and telling him he is mentally unbalanced. Clark could even play at being his therapist.

But there could be other, unseen players at the controls. Representatives of David’s father could have access to the technology, which in its brief moments on screen shared kinship with Summerland’s strange mix of analog displays and future science.

A third organization would be a major expansion of the show’s fairly contained scope. Legion’s focus was squarely on David and his importance even as it offered subplots like Melanie’s wish to be reunited with Oliver and the discord between Cary and Kerry. As the show grows, it will need to better serve those characters. But even if the show remains focused on David, a new faction could play to a different facet of his personality — his thrill-seeking or addictive tendencies, perhaps?

What Will They Find in the South?

Just before David was taken, he was able to ascertain that Oliver and Farouk were headed south. While certainly an element of season 2’s plot, it can also be taken as oblique reference to the show moving its production from Vancouver to Los Angeles next year. The change of venue will be significant as the visual style — one of Legion’s greatest strengths — was determined by its use of Vancouver’s nearby forest and the city’s army of well-trained technicians. For comparison, take a look at how The X-Files changed after its move to Los Angeles in its sixth season. The show lost some of its trademark de-saturation as the harsh California sun invaded the screen.

Of course, in giving up that Vancouver feel, the show will get the varied locations Southern California offers. From beaches to deserts to mountains, the world of Legion could expand well beyond the Kubrickesque environs of Summerland and the halls at Clockwork. The show managed to do great things in those confined spaces and could realize even stranger sights in its new home. With the second season reportedly expanding to 10 episodes, it could certainly do with a change of scenery more often.
Sadly, that probably means Summerland will be abandoned and that primitive MRI scanner will be left to rot out front.

Will David and Syd Ever Get a Moment’s Peace?

Remember that brief moment when David was able to use the astral plane as a realm where he and Syd could touch each other? It feels like years ago. Peace is not something either character can find easily, but the second year could offer them at least a brief reprieve. Provided, of course, Syd manages to rescue him again.

Their relationship has shown to be as beneficial as it has been destructive. Lenny died because of it, and the Shadow King was able to use it to orchestrate his escape. But with stellar performers like Stevens and Keller, you want to see the two have a little more happiness even if it is under constant threat from a bodiless mutant with untold power.

Come to think of it, that might be the aspect of X-Men that Legion has adapted the most faithfully.

Bonus Question: Where Does David Get Those Shirts?

Seriously, his T-shirt game rivals Cisco Ramon’s on The Flash.

Watch the entire season of Legion on FXNOW

Tag Cloud

WarnerMedia AMC The Arrangement Marvel Studios Family Writers Guild of America TruTV Hallmark Ellie Kemper award winner OWN foreign historical drama book PaleyFest golden globes Apple TV Plus ghosts Martial Arts 2018 Marvel Television festivals TNT TBS Mudbound reboot elevated horror Pop TV Amazon Studios Masterpiece Cosplay TIFF halloween franchise cartoon Universal Rock dogs Chilling Adventures of Sabrina The Walking Dead Western travel Animation Binge Guide IFC DC Comics Film Festival science fiction Country Fall TV SXSW Creative Arts Emmys Interview Nickelodeon comics CNN cancelled TV shows binge talk show TCM politics anthology Paramount Lifetime Christmas movies diversity First Look Tubi adaptation The CW Sundance HBO Peacock YouTube Red Ovation Apple TCA Winter 2020 political drama children's TV free movies Awards based on movie Watching Series period drama Set visit 2017 HBO Max indie Showtime FX on Hulu RT21 TCA 2017 richard e. Grant Holidays television sag awards war spy thriller Disney Channel witnail 24 frames Holiday LGBTQ doctor who versus Polls and Games GLAAD strong female leads American Society of Cinematographers Netflix USA Network comic theme song OneApp Crackle Classic Film Disney technology mutant green book Pet Sematary VH1 Food Network Britbox 45 movie discovery Sci-Fi Logo Trophy Talk cinemax crime Shondaland X-Men spinoff nature Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Song of Ice and Fire Trivia blaxploitation NYCC Reality Competition cancelled TV series mockumentary GoT Starz Nat Geo miniseries Dark Horse Comics Best and Worst Hallmark Christmas movies Crunchyroll aliens Arrowverse scary movies Adult Swim Mystery Black Mirror casting movies Winners Mindy Kaling finale Drama sports Oscars zombie independent Amazon teaser zero dark thirty Biopics Superheroe Disney Plus LGBT CW Seed Amazon Prime New York Comic Con slashers 2016 Acorn TV Bravo Rocky Netflix Christmas movies TV renewals Mary poppins kids Turner DC streaming service composers animated Fantasy National Geographic Super Bowl space Mary Tyler Moore dramedy canceled universal monsters Ghostbusters canceled TV shows Star Trek Kids & Family Comics on TV batman spanish language true crime Columbia Pictures Warner Bros. Shudder harry potter Rocketman robots Certified Fresh latino Summer Tumblr series video MSNBC Horror Comedy Central YouTube ratings DC Universe south america psycho medical drama Quiz Tomatazos PBS facebook VICE FXX Amazon Prime Video serial killer Lionsgate Grammys BBC America Teen Awards Tour jamie lee curtis Superheroes 007 Podcast Photos Academy Awards Trailer Pride Month Calendar NBC Video Games spain cancelled directors History FOX ITV Sundance Now thriller Pixar cults Hulu Spike zombies Chernobyl E3 christmas movies First Reviews E! The Purge Election YA Lucasfilm ABC Family Walt Disney Pictures Musicals BET Box Office Rom-Com what to watch Toys tv talk Year in Review natural history stand-up comedy comiccon Character Guide streaming A24 Cartoon Network 21st Century Fox Pirates Sundance TV FX Star Wars 20th Century Fox dceu BBC police drama APB Infographic Tarantino Lifetime Valentine's Day Disney+ Disney Plus cats cancelled television Reality spider-man Funimation Captain marvel The Witch boxoffice Opinion RT History Marathons crime thriller justice league El Rey Music 71st Emmy Awards Cannes President Elton John social media Christmas Mary Poppins Returns Anna Paquin DGA romantic comedy Esquire Stephen King dragons ABC screenings transformers joker Fox News quibi Spectrum Originals singing competition Brie Larson adventure hispanic Comedy Epix MCU toy story Sneak Peek biography Television Academy documentary werewolf GIFs Emmy Nominations WGN Sony Pictures Spring TV cooking Musical Premiere Dates San Diego Comic-Con psychological thriller See It Skip It 2015 Vudu cars Winter TV Schedule hist CBS SundanceTV Avengers Action TV Black History Month SDCC Paramount Network Extras Syfy Thanksgiving Endgame 2019 breaking bad Travel Channel Women's History Month DirecTV sitcom Marvel Pop YouTube Premium screen actors guild crime drama MTV game show A&E anime Turner Classic Movies Emmys sequel revenge docudrama Heroines Red Carpet renewed TV shows blockbuster vampires Disney streaming service name the review TV Land Countdown USA ESPN dc supernatural reviews CMT TCA Comic Book romance Nominations Freeform crossover TLC rotten movies we love Baby Yoda CBS All Access cops game of thrones Apple TV+ unscripted disaster Film 2020 IFC Films Discovery Channel